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Career Development Workshop: Project Acceleration through Commitment-Based Project Management
Saturday 24 August 2013, 08:00am - 05:00pm
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24 August 2013 8:00am - 5:00pm
The Office of Silicon Valley
955 Benecia Avenue,
Sunnyvale, CA 94085

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Project Acceleration through Commitment-Based Project Management


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Last date for On-line Registration:

Early Bird - 08/12/2013

Regular - 08/21/2013



The Challenge

Projects take too long. There are many causes of delays and issues. Two of the main ones are lack of a clear plan and lack of a clear execution monitoring process and tool. In many projects it takes too long to develop a plan; it is developed by the project manager and a few other individuals. When presented to the team, it is the PM’s plan, not the team’s plan. And when executing the plan, it is hard to know the status of the deliverables. What’s late? What’s coming up? How are we doing against the plan?


The Solution

Project Acceleration through Commitment-Based Project Managementprovides a one-day, fast-paced, hands-on workshop that will teach you how to develop a plan that is the team’s plan, that people commit to, and that it is easy to monitor and control. Through demonstrations and exercises, the students learn how to organize, facilitate, and run a planning session, called a “map day”, to generate a plan in a very short period of time. This is a plan that is developed and owned by the team and the members commit to what they own. Each deliverable has one and only one owner who commits as to when s/he will complete the deliverable. Each deliverable has one to three users and they, in turn, have final say as to whether an item is complete or not. This interdependency encourages the owners and the users to communicate to ensure clarity of expectations and dates.

Monitoring is done through a highly-automated Excel 2007 spreadsheet that captures each deliverable and automatically ages it. Finding an item’s status is extremely easy due to the graphic nature of the spreadsheet. Identifying items owned by one person is also extremely easy. A performance against commitments (PAC) chart is automatically generated. If costs are provided, the tool will generate Cost Performance Index (CPI) and Schedule Performance Index (SPI) to support Earned Value Management (EVM). The tool is leveraged by a process that encourages light-weight monitoring without micromanagement of the team.

This approach, developed at Intel Corporation for the development of its semiconductor products, has been successfully used with software, construction, aerospace, manufacturing, and construction projects. At Intel, when initially implemented, projects reduced their slips from 30-50% of the original schedule to 10%. In a more recent program, the team hit each of their major milestones in a very aggressive software development effort.


Who should attend 

This course is ideal for experienced project managers and team members who are looking for a faster way to develop plans and a faster way to manage their projects. It is also ideal for consultants who want to use this approach in their consulting engagements to deliver faster projects. And it should be of interest to executives looking for another way to manage projects, one that has proven to be successful.



While there are no prerequisites, this course is targeted at experienced project managers. 

Course Outline

  • Map Days – the planning process
    • Project readiness assessment
    • Pre-map day homework 
    • Conducting the map day
      •  Exercises
    • Capturing the output of the map day
    • Scheduling follow-on map days
  • Deliverables matrix – tracking and controlling execution tool
    • Deliverables sheet
    • PAC sheet
    • Dependency sheet
  • Monitoring and controlling process
    • Need to monitor without micro-managing
    • Process description
Learning Approach
  • A highly experienced instructor will use interactive lecture format, hands-on exercises, group discussions, and other techniques to help the student learn and be able to apply the process.
  • We will use a project familiar to most persons, with no industry dependence, to conduct mock map days.
  • You will receive a student guide and a CD with materials and the spreadsheet for your use during the course and afterwards.

Why should I take this course?

  • You will learn how to leverage the knowledge and experience of the team to quickly develop a project plan.
  • You will learn how to get the team to own the project plan and live to their commitments.
  • You will learn a light-weight yet extremely effective tool and process to monitor execution, ensuring late items are addressed and that upcoming items are visible.
  • This method enlists the entire team to monitor and help each other. It’s no longer just the PM’s job to ensure plan development and execution.
  • And you will learn how to complete your projects at a faster rate!



“Commitment-based Project Management moves away from the traditional 'Project Manager as a single information gatherer and communicator among multiple silos' model into a collaborative process that fosters cross-functional communication and enhances team work.” Scott Kealoha, PMP, IT Project Manager, Symantec Corporation

“The rapid tempo, the extensive agreements, and the complete picture that it [map day] yields instill confidence and success into any project.” Paul Bertucci, Chief/Enterprise Data Architect, Autodesk Corporation

“I highly recommend this methodology to any project manager to have this in his/her toolbox. This is a great way to get a project moving.” Christophe Mathieu, IT Program Director, Symantec Corporation


About the Speaker:

JoseSoleraJose Solera, PMP, MBA (Cornell University) and West Point graduate has over 25 years of experience in high technology companies. He has managed projects and programs of all sizes in IT, security, and marketing. At Intel he led the Year 2000 effort and the post-9/11 response, both of which reported to Andy Grove and Craig Barrett, and software development projects including the Intel Inside® Program system. He has applied, taught, and mentored on Commitment-Based project management at Symantec’s IT group. Jose was the 2006 President of the PMI Silicon Valley Chapter.

Program Agenda:


08:00 AM - Sign In and Networking
08:30 AM - Workshop Begins
12:00 PM - Lunch Break
01:00 PM - Workshop Resumes
05:00 PM - Adjourn


On-line Registration

Early Bird:

PMISV member $125
Non-PMISV member $145
Regular Price:
PMISV member $145
Non-PMISV member $165


At-the-Door Registration:

A limited number of registrations can be accepted at the door on a first come, first served basis. Once this limit has been reached, the event will be closed to additional attendees.

PMISV member $165
Non-PMISV member $185

(Only Check or Cash accepted)

Checks payable to "PMI Silicon Valley"

PDU Info:

7.0 - Category A
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Continental Breakfast, Coffee, Box Lunch will be provided.


Name: Anu Mahendran, PMP

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Cancellation Policy:

This event is a professional society meeting, held for the benefit of its members. The Plan Ahead registration fee paid is based on the registrant's ability to commit to attendance, ahead of time. The Plan Ahead registration fee will not be refunded for any reason, other than event cancellation, after normal business hours (5:00 PM, Pacific) on the registration deadline day. The PMI - Silicon Valley Chapter reserves the right to make last minute changes to program content and speakers, as circumstances dictate.

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